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Enterpreneurs with ADHD

They All got it


US President John F Kennedy had it. Mega-scientist Albert Einstein had it. Walt Disney, who created Mickey Mouse and founded Disneyland, had it. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has it…

British Business Mogul, Richard Branson, openly admits he has it…

Michael Jordan the greatest basketball player ever had it. Even singer, actor, producer, businessman Justin Timberlake has it, as do many female powerhouses

In fact, maybe around 7% of the world’s people have it. And between 20-35% of entrepreneurs may have it!

What? ADHD – or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


The gift of ADHD

For years ADHD, in kids and adults has been seen as a behavioural disorder – characterised by inattention, impulsivity and overactivity. As such, it has been treated with drugs.

Now, increasingly it is being seen as a gift. And loads of research shows that both the ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ aspects of ADHD correlate with individuals who evidence very high levels of applied creativity.

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Certainly these famous men and women, and thousands of other successful philosophers, athletes, politicians, and entrepreneurs have made it the springboard for their success.

Among them we can name: Mozart, Galileo, Cher, John Lennon, Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Stephen Hawkings, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Dwight D Eisenhower, Jim Carey, Beethoven, Sylvester Stallone…. and thousands of others.


See: 8 qualities people with ADHD have that ultimately make them successful.


Consider John

In 1949, John G attended Eton College and dreamed of becoming a scientist. However, last in his class, he received the following report card:

“His work has been far from satisfactory… he will not listen, but will insist on doing his work in his own way… I believe he has ideas about becoming a Scientist; on his present showing this is quite ridiculous, if he can’t learn simple Biological facts he would have no chance of doing the work of a Specialist, and it would be a sheer waste of time on his part, and of those who have to teach him.”

This was Sir John B. Gurdon, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his revolutionary research on stem cells. He had the gift of “attention deficit hyperactivity”. No disorder!

Two questions

Two questions for you to consider:

  • Do all entrepreneurs have ADHD? Most? Or just many?
  • If you have ADHD, how do we turn your ADHD from a potential liability into a transformational gift and an actual asset?


neville2The author of this blog, C.E.O. Mentor’s Founder and Chairman, Neville Christie, also has ADHD.   And the ‘restless gene’ – which is why he has started 44 business of his own, and literally hundreds with others.  And why he works on at least seven big projects, or businesses, at any one time.

He’ll write about the restless gene later.